\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble
2 : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)
3a : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps
b : to walk with light quick steps
4 : to stumble in articulation when speaking
5 : to make a journey
6a : to actuate a mechanism
b : to become operative
7a : to get high on a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) : turn on often used with out
b slang : freak sense 3b

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stumble often used with up
b : to cause to fail : obstruct often used with up
2 : to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder also : expose usually used with up
3 : to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent trip the fire alarm
4 : to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free
5a : to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering
b : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering
6 archaic : to perform (a dance) lightly or nimbly
trip the light fantastic
: dance



Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : voyage, journey
b : a single round or tour on a business errand
2a : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)
b : an exciting or unusual experience the party was a trip
3 : absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind a guilt trip on a nostalgia trip
4 : a faltering step caused by stumbling
5 : a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing
6 : error, misstep
7 : a quick light step
8a : the action of tripping mechanically
b : a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)

Examples of trip in a Sentence

Verb He deliberately tried to trip me. The dancers tripped off the stage. Noun They got back from their trip yesterday. a trip around the world He was on an acid trip. an ankle injury caused by a trip See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The challenge for Democrats will be to maintain the energy for several more months and defy trends that typically trip up the party in power. Steve Peoples, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Hand-me-down hippie wisdom dictates three full days for a proper LSD experience: one to prepare, one to trip, and one for reacclimating yourself to the world of waking, non-wiggly consciousness. Wired, 28 July 2022 And don't trip out — mushroom coffee doesn’t contain psychedelic mushrooms, either. Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 Bad information could trip you up today at some point. Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 Cameron Martinez, safety Opportunity may trip up Martinez in 2022, as OSU brought in one of Jim Knowles’ Oklahoma State veterans — Tanner McCalister — to lead the way at nickel safety. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 12 July 2022 But the flood of champion hands doesn’t bother me, and the clock doesn’t trip me up, either, although this one is harder, with 25 minutes allotted. Barbara Bourland, Good Housekeeping, 27 June 2022 Does that ever trip you up, just as a person working on this project? Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 22 June 2022 In her second collection, men seeking women from their pasts trip from one metaphysical plane to another—from dream world to waking life, from the harsh present to the glow of memory. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After returning from a trip to France, which included a Bastille Day celebration including a military parade, Trump wanted a parade of his own. Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2022 The move left him stateless and in fear of traveling overseas, once refusing to take a 2019 trip with the New York Knicks over fears for his safety. Michael Lee, Fox News, 9 Aug. 2022 In 1998, Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez took a trip to Paris. Nathan Grayson, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2022 Normally, sleeping on the job will earn you, at minimum, a trip to the HR department. Chris Morris, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 The pandemic has demonstrated how external challenges can dramatically impact our routine decision-making processes, turning a weekly trip to the grocery store into a moral dilemma. Lynn Bufka, Scientific American, 8 Aug. 2022 That trait recently came in handy when the teenager tested her culinary skills with a trip earlier this month to the West Coast finishing third in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national competition. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2022 On one of his first possessions back on the floor, Johnson made an aggressive drive to the basket and drew a foul, earning a trip to the free-throw line. Tom Green |, al, 7 Aug. 2022 For Kevin Harvick, a trip to Michigan was just what the doctor ordered. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trip


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for trip


Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

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More Definitions for trip


\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Kids Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble : cause to stumble
2 : to make or cause to make a mistake Their tricky questions tripped us up.
3 : to move (as in dancing) with light quick steps She tripped lightly around the room.
4 : to release (as a spring) by moving a catch



Kids Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of traveling from one place to another a trip to Europe
2 : a brief errand having a certain aim or being more or less regular a trip to the dentist
3 : the action of releasing something mechanically
4 : a device for releasing something by tripping a mechanism

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